Speakers emphasize placing proper policies to protect girls at universities against sexual harassment and other forms of gender-based violence.
Prof. Dr. Samreen Hussain, Deputy Chief of Party, USAID-Project (Higher Education System Strengthening Activity (HESSA) highlighted on Tuesday the role of rural women for the social, economic, and political development of the country.
In her concluding remarks in National Women’s Day Celebration event at Sindh Agriculture University, Tando Jam, jointly organized by Rozan International Organization and Sindh Agriculture University, she said it is responsibility of society to behave positively with their daughters, sisters, and mothers.
“Don’t be shy to offer respect to the women at family and the workplace, as they are equal members of the family as well as in the society on the whole,” she added.
Dr. Samreen suggested raising awareness on violence against women and creating a positive image of Darul Amans among youth and community members, to accommodate post-shelter lives of women survivors of violence. The work’s overall scope includes policy formulation, developing coordination mechanisms, community engagement, and enhancing the capacities of service providers.”
Dr. Samreen said that the role of women cannot be ignored in the leadership development of society and added that society’s positive attitude towards girls’ education may be encouraged. She added that many women teachers lead their departments, which is a sign that they have courage, quality research, education, and capability.
Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ismail Kumbhar, Director University Advancement (SAU) said that in fact protection of women’s rights is visible in the legislation but the society is yet to follow the laws and obey the rights and their responsibilities towards women.
Prof. Haseen Musarat Shah, Member Women Action Forum Hyderabad, Ms. Zahida Detho, Sindh Rural Partner Organization (SRPO), Javed Soz Halai, Sindh Community Foundation, and Rubina Chandio, Rozan addressed the seminar and emphasized placing proper policies to protect girls at universities against sexual harassment and other forms of gender-based violence. They further said that the existing laws regarding women’s rights need to be promoted into the curriculum at the university level so that a conducive environment could be available for women and girls.
A large number of the students, faculty members, and community participated in the event. (PR)